On the way to the next stellarator generation

How can even better stellarators be built in the future? This is the key question that an international group of theoretical physicists pursued at the Simons Workshop at IPP in Greifswald. The two-week format was the culmination of a scientific collaboration that is probably unique worldwide – funded by the Simons Foundation.

Europe ready to light up blazing fire of negative ions

Unlike most fires that we fight to put out, this is one that engineers have been working hard to start. It will be essential to the success of ITER so as to raise the temperature of the super-hot plasma to approximately 150 million °C. Basically, beams will need to be powerful enough to help individual […]

Calls for early-career grants 2023 opened

The calls for the EUROfusion Engineering Grants and the EUROfusion Bernard Bigot Researcher Grants have been opened, for projects to start in the first half of 2023.

The state of the art for DEMO

A special issue of the scientific journal Fusion Engineering & Design presents the state of the art in designing Europe’s demonstration fusion power plant DEMO.

Horizon EUROfusion event announces start of conceptual power plant design

At a livestreamed event in Brussels on 5 July 2022, EUROfusion will celebrate the start of conceptual design activities for Europe’s first demonstration fusion power plant DEMO. This first-of-a-kind fusion device would demonstrate the net production of 300 to 500 megawatts of clean and safe fusion energy to the grid by the middle of the century.

Fusion scientists drive groundwater research forward

Fusion scientists at DIFFER, together with an international team of groundwater researchers, have written a paper on new ways to determine how fast groundwater enters or exits the river. This is directly related to how the temperature in the riverbed changes. By measuring the temperature at different soil depths, they can determine the relevant heat transport parameters. And that is something that is also done frequently in fusion research. An interview with Ricky van Kampen and Matthijs van Berkel.

Breaking a law of fusion

Future devices may be able to reach a higher fuel density – and energy performance – than what was predicted by fusion’s Greenwald limit, say European researchers.